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As I was making my dear daughter a new apron for Christmas - and the directions called for a 'narrow hem'.  Directions - if any more are given, usually say to "press under 1/4" then turn and press under 1/4" again and topstitch. 

Long ago - when making many silky type blouses in my custom dressmaking years, I came up with 'my way' of doing this - which I feel is MUCH easier - especially since you won't burn your fingers. 

1.  Fold the right side to the wrong side a generous 1/2" at the ironing board, and press. 

2.  AT THE MACHINE, with the wrong side up, simply tuck under the raw edge as you stitch - a few inches at a time.  Do NOT try to do this and pin it all to begin with.  If you have the  'needle down' feature on your machine - make sure to use it to hold things in place each time you stop to turn under more fabric.  See the photo below for a real 'picture' of how I do this. 

Be advised, that the thread in your BOBBIN is what will show on the outside of the garment. 

Narrow Hem Technique
Narrow Hem Technique


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